For Doug Yorty, transitioning from a seven-year military career to student life offered its fair share of difficulties. After being stationed in Fort Bragg, Yorty now pursues a double major in peace, war and defense and political science, while holding a position as the event coordinator for the Carolina Veterans Organization.
“Having been in the military for so long, you’re used to a certain different way of life and a culture that is incredibly unique to the military itself, and so not being around that was just a big transition because, for better or worse, your platoon is really your family in the military. And then all of a sudden you’re just, you're stripped from all that,” Yorty said.
The Carolina Veterans Resource Center supports military affiliated students with their student lives at the University. This week the center hosted a variety of events leading up to Veterans Day. The center offered students a chance to chat with veterans in the Pit over coffee and play corn hole with a veteran in the Student Union. Later this week, the Carolina Veterans Organization will be participating in a Ruck March for Hunger walk around Franklin Street, which Yorty helped organize.
Student Veteran Assistance Coordinator Amber Mathwig helps veteran students on campus by giving them the resources they need to succeed in their new environment. She speaks to prospective students about how to become a competitive applicant, helping current students adjust to UNC and guiding students and their families to understand their veterans affairs benefits.
“Veterans week is about inviting the campus community to see veterans as they are at the University,” Mathwig said. “To engage in conversation with them, to recognize them as having been in the military, as having served.”